Preliminary plans have been submitted to the City of Bend to build more than 350 homes within the River’s Edge Golf Course on Awbrey Butte.
According to city documents, the “Uplands Major Community Master Plan” calls for 372 homes with about half qualifying as “missing middle” or clustered housing within the 142-acre neighborhood.
Half of the acreage would remain permanent open space, according to the plans submitted by Joey Shearer, a land-use planner with AKS Engineering & Forestry.
The agency submitted to the city a conceptual plan with questions in March outlining the potential street network, open spaces, trails and locations for future homes.
“The Conceptual Plan and associated planning efforts are a part of the due diligence process initiated by our client prior to any purchase of land,” Shearer wrote. “This process will be informed by conversations with neighbors and community members to determine the best plan for open space, streets, homes, trails, and other amenities.”
Dan Pahlish, owner of Pahlish Homes, said they had planned on making an announcement about the project within the week but was waiting to notify stakeholders in the coming days.
“Our top priorities for this possible project are providing much-needed missing middle housing in Bend, enhancing trail connectivity and open space accessibility on Awbrey Butte, and returning as much water as possible to the Deschutes River,” he said in a statement to Central Oregon Daily News. “Community engagement will be a focal point of planning for the future of River’s Edge, and we look forward to ensuring that this property remains a community asset for decades to come.”
This is a developing story.